Dover, Del--- Longshots were in vogue for feature trots on New Year's Day at Dover Downs as Spunky Jack used the passing lane to win the $20,000 Open in a four-horse photo while Ideal Revenue stormed the outside to win a $14,500 trot on Wednesday, Jan. 1.drove four winners.
While Awsome Valley cut out the fractions from the start until the final step fighting off competition from mid backstretch until Roger Plante scooted Spunky Jack along the passing lane to get up for a 1:56.2 victory. Owned by Walt Callam, Spunky Jack, trained by, was overlooked at 13-1 despite winning his previous start. It was the 13th career win for the now five-year-old altered son of Super Pink-My Embrace. Awsome Valley ( ) finished a valiant second with Mandabra ( ), making his first start since last July, edging good closing Enrico AS ( ) for third.
One race later, Mike Rossi pulled Ideal Revenue off the rail in mid-stretch and flew past the early leaders to score an easy 1:55 triumph, a lifetime best, in the sub-feature trot. The Revenue D-New Ideal gelding, owned by Carol and trainer, was followed by Jailhouse Juice (Toby Lynch) and early leader Lock Tight ( ). Dnieper ( ) was a strong finishing fourth.
Meet leading drivergot off to another fast start driving four winners. In addition to a 53-1 winning drive, Mike Rossi also brought in a 27-1 shot, Check Dons Pulse in the 15th race for his second win.
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